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Bethany Erickson

08/18/19 12:00pm

MurrayWhen David Murray — the first Murray of the Princess Anne County, Virginia, Murrays — arrived in the colonies in 1622, he was an indentured servant. But the 650 acres he eventually earned became the seat for a generation of Murrays, including Thomas Murray, whose father Isaac built him a brick gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonia home on the Elizabeth River in 1791.

In fact, he built all three of his sons’ homes on the land that would eventually be part of what would become Virginia Beach, Virginia, likely pressing his initials into a brick in the chimneys of each home, just as he did in the Thomas Murray House. That’s just a guess, though, because of the three homes, Thomas’ is the only one to survive the centuries that grew America.

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08/11/19 12:30pm

brenhamSituated at one of the highest points in Washington County, Texas, this Queen Ann Victorian in Brenham clearly still has some stories to tell.

Built in 1901, the grand lady was moved to its current site — the former home of the Live Oak Female Seminary established in 1853 — much later and restored to its Victorian glory. Sitting on nearly 47 acres of land along the historic La Bahia Trail, 9105 Mayfair Lane sits near Independence and Brenham, and boasts rolling views clear to Lake Somerville and College Station.

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08/09/19 9:00am

penthouseSo, no, you won’t be able to afford this Los Angeles penthouse if your job’s a joke and you’re broke, but if you’re wanting to live in the tony digs of one Matthew Perry (also known as Chandler Bing of the hit show “Friends”), it went on the market this week.

Compass Realtor Gregory Holcomb calls the 9,290 square foot pad a “mansion in the sky,” and he’s not wrong at all. The four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home takes up the entire 40th floor of the Century building. 

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08/05/19 12:00pm

TribecaPulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s Tribeca loft is up for grabs for the first time since he purchased it, one architecture firm would like to dangle you out over a cliff in Norway, and new waterfront luxury homes are being sold in Orange County, California.

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08/04/19 12:15pm

MontanaIt’s not often that we come across a historical shelter that is both a potential second home and a possible income generator, but The Centennial Inn property in Livingston, Montana is just such a two-fer.

The best part? It sits on 13 acres adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, with 1,000 feet of river frontage. Gorgeous, pristine, canyon property between the Gallatin and Absaroka mountains. 

Currently, the showpiece is a turn-of-the-century train car that has been refurbished to its original Victorian style (with a few updates). 

“This turn of the century Northern Pacific railcar has seen the country as a railway express, U.S. rolling post office and as an Old West attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair representing Montana during Montana’s territorial centennial,” said Visit Montana. (more…)

08/02/19 9:00am

DreIt may not be “a crib with a studio and it’s all full of tracks to add to the wall, full of plaques, hanging up in the office in back of his house like trophies,” but when we saw his Los Angeles manse was on the market, we didn’t forget about Dr. Dre.

And a brief programming note: If you like mood music with your fancy celebrity home story, scroll on down to the bottom of this page and hit play. You’re welcome.

Dre’s 16,200 square-foot home is in the luxury-laden and private Westchester County Estates, an enclave protected by guards and a gate. The home itself also sits behind a gated drive.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy-winning rap artist and founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics paid $2.35 million for the home in 1999. The French country-style home has been extensively renovated since the purchase.

Inside, the renovations include two kitchens, a 250-bottle wine cellar, a movie theater, and an elevator so you can reach all three stories of the home with ease (although don’t miss the grand staircase in the foyer).

 

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07/30/19 9:00am

MiamiMiami and Miami Beach have a bit of a reputation — thanks in part to the celebrities that have second (or third, or fourth) homes in the area — of being where you go for luxury beach living.

And luxury, as we all know, doesn’t come cheap. But for this week’s Splurge Vs. Steal, we’re heading to Miami Beach, the city connected only by bridges to mainland Miami, where the prices vary as widely as the beaches, and the southern end — South Beach — is nearly synonymous with models and celebrities.

We have a gorgeous beachfront condo with luxurious amenities thanks to its affiliation with a luxury hotel, and a more modest option that is much lower in price point, but ripe for becoming that blank slate ready for your modern touches. Which one will you pick? (more…)